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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

230                                           TES XAL'fe  D/3IS.
19.    a Worship Hari from the heart as lorg as you lire ; all things else are
vain.   It is only a matter of »sr* days, "what need of much "baggage.    From
priie of vealth, from pride efyonth^ from priJe of power, you Lave lost your-
self in mere village squabbles*    Savs Hari Dus, it is greed that has destroyed
yon ; where will a complaint lie.
20,    " In the depth of the delights of an ocean of love how can men reach a
landing-place ?   Admitting his helplessness"^  he cries,    "What way of escape
is open ?    So one's arrows fly straight, for all his boasting in street and marked
place.    Says Sri Hari Das : know Bihari to be a god who overlooks all defects
in Ms votaries."
The Blaluk Basis, another modem sect of limited importance, hare one of
their religions houses at Brmda-ban, with a temple dedicated to Ram Jf, near
the Kesi gh&i Their founder, according to the most probable tradition, liyed
In the reign of Auraijgzeb? and was a trader By occupation. He is said to have
written a Hindi poem called the Dasratna^ together with a few short Sdkkis
and Padas In the same language ; "but no specimen of his composition has ever
been published^ nor is it known what, if anj, are the distinctive tenets of the
sect Probably, they will be found to differ in no material respect from the
doctrines of faith and quietism as inculcated by Hari Das ; though^ an Impor-
tant practical difference consists in the recognition of Bama^ rather than Krishna,
as the incarnation to be specially worshipped. I had intended to visit their
Gain and collect from Mm the materials for a brief sketch of their Mstory and
literature, in-order to complete this chapter ; but unfortunately I neglected to
do so wMle at 3lathm&, and have now lost the opportunity of supplying the
omission.
Another small and obscure sect, that of tie Pran-nathis? is again one of the
few3 of whose literature Professor "Wilson, in his essays on the religion of the
Hindus, was unable to fkmisli a specimen. The sect has a single represents-
five at Matlrar&, and froniMm, before I left, I obtained a copy of one of the
poems of Prin-nith himself.
It is very canons, bo<k from the advanced liberalism of Its theological ideas
from fee nncoatlmess of the language^ in which t-ho construction of
the sentences is purely Hindi, while &e vocabulary is mainly supplied from
* !ftfiiinBil«*foiBr*iiB«»tolse«a atyuian to the J«iri£ag®« of Hie: cMWiood,
nd cli &ge.
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